West Chester Pa.

Feb. 21, 1864


My dear Sir,

         Ever since your kind note requesting a copy of my remarks at Gettysburg in eulogy of Genl. Reynolds, I have been trying to recollect & bring into decent order the words I then spoke but I found it utterly impossible.  Standing there I could do no less than I did in simple obedience to the impulse of the occasion but it was so entirely sudden & unexpected it passed from my mind as it was spoken.  The main idea was, that he had fitly crowned his glorious life, & that his was a most enviable death, leading the vanguard of an historic army, in the thick of battle, in defense of his native state, & upon his native soil.  If it had been very much desired by the family I could have written the substance but could not have reproduced the actual speech I then made.  I need not say how glad I am always to hear from you, nor how often I think of those happy houses we passed together at Chambersburg.  In spite of my ill health that campaign is one of the most attractive spots in all the past of my memory.

Faithfully your friend,

Wayne McVeigh


H.D. Landis